The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area starting January 2 at 10:00pm through January 3 mid-day. Conditions could be hazardous so plan ahead and stay safe. Learn more here.

Let Nature Take You On Its Course

Come EXPLORE With Us

If you’re a nature lover, then get ready to fall head over heels. The NC Smokies offers a selection of outdoor activities as vast as the views you take in. Did you know that North Carolina is home to the largest portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Haywood County sits at the western edge of the state, with the Blue Ridge Parkway running along its southwestern border. We are proud to be home of the National Park’s most renowned residents—the elk of Cataloochee Valley. In addition to our antlered friends, we have some of the best fishing spots along our Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. So, what are you going to explore first? That choice is up to you!

Smoky Mountain Hiking

From weekend-long excursions and day trips to outdoor adventures that span across an entire week, you’ll find the best Smoky Mountain hiking in Haywood County. With hiking trails near Maggie Valley, Waynesville and Clyde, a great hike in the Smoky Mountains is simply a few short steps away. Plus, our Blue Ridge Parkway hiking trails boast some of the most breathtaking views around. No matter what your skill level or which trail you choose, you’ll have ample opportunity to soak in all the best hiking trails in NC.

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Cataloochee Valley

Cove Creek Road
Waynesville, NC 28785
11571 Betsy’s Gap Road
Clyde, NC 28721
3073 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Devil’s Courthouse, MP 422.4, Blue Ridge Pkwy
, NC 28708
Waynesville, NC 28786
Pink Beds Trail Loop, U.S. 276
Waynesville, NC 28786
3647 Little East Fork Road
Canton, NC 28716
Waterrock Knob Trail
Sylva, NC 28779